is an online dating service with web sites serving 25 countries in more than eight languages. The company has offices in Dallas, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. which aimed to provide classified advertising systems for newspapers. Ong, who helped in the design of the initial system, and Simon Glinsky, who helped in the development of one of the first Internet business plans for and also provided management and marketing expertise.
Stir consists of hundreds of local events each month, ranging from large-scale happy hours to smaller, more intimate events such as cooking classes, wine and tequila tastings, bowling nights, rock climbing, and more.
also introduced a proprietary collection of on-site, dual-player games designed to allow people to get to know each other online in a natural way.
After troubles with venture capitalists over his insistence that the company serve profitable alternative market segments including the LGBT market, Gary Kremen left in March 1996, remaining on the board of Electric Classifieds. A year later was purchased by IAC (then still operating under the name Ticket Master).
In late 1999, was moved to Dallas, Texas, to merge with another matching site, One & Only networks, that IAC had purchased the same year.
In September 2001, merged with [email protected], partnering with AOL and MSN to bring online dating to the general public.
[email protected] was no longer free, after it became Match.com, but all the names were transferred, allowed a more diverse audience to gain access to In November 2004, Guinness World Records recognized as the largest online dating site in the world.
The judge in the case ruled on August 10, 2012 that did not breach its user agreements with consumers because the agreements "in no way requires to police, vet, update the website content" or guarantee the accuracy of profiles on the site.
The woman and her lawyer wanted to start doing background checks on their users in order to prevent registered sex offenders from using the site.
has responded that it would create many problems trying to get background information from all their users. On UK, the British version of the site, the option to cancel your subscription, and to end auto renewal, is found under “my account settings.” It can also be terminated by calling customer support.